Al Shabaab attacks Somali parliament
Al Qaeda-linked militants attacked Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least four people in a bomb and gun assault, the Islamist group and police said.
“A car bomb exploded at the gate of the parliament house – then it was followed by a suicide bomber explosion. So far we have confirmed four policemen dead,” a police colonel, Farah Hussein, told Reuters.
“The lawmakers and the other workers were rescued as soon as the car bomb exploded. But the terrorists are still firing from inside a mosque nearby,” he added.
A Reuters witness who saw four bodies on the ground and one wounded man fleeing the scene said the fighting was ongoing.
Al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-affiliated group that was pushed out of the capital about two years ago and has since waged a sustained guerrilla campaign, said it launched the attack.
“We are behind the suicide bombing, explosions and the fighting inside the so-called Somali parliament house, and still heavy fighting is going on inside,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, told Reuters.
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